Hello All. Some solid miles going in from the spring marathoners.
Crikey I cant remember the last time I ran more then 10 miles. Need to get out on some long runs even if Im not training for anything in particular.
Ive signed up for the North London Half marathon in March, and if any of the London crew on here are running it I was thinking a post-match pint would be in order. Its only the 2nd year of the race and the course goes all over my old stomping ground, so will be quite a trip down memory lane.
Soooo. Ive bloddy got the sub 40 10k millstone off my neck. I did it.
Great race in the end. The weather improved bang on 09:30 just in time for the race after Leeds looked like something out of a biblical film all weekend. I got in a good pen but was still about 1000 runners back from the start. Tis a very big race.
Because of this I was forced to run at the pace of runners infront of me due to the traffic. It proved my making as I ran the first mile in 6.10 and not the crazy 5.45 I normally do for a 10k.
Dug in quite well and did 6.21. 6.29 for the next 2 and went through half way in 19.42. In fact the weather had lifted so much that I was starting to overheat at this point in the baselayer I had put on in prediction of armageddon. No matter to late now, but boy was it hot.
Mile 4 felt like a struggle as it was ever so slightly uphill. This is where I normally fade so I really gritted my teeth and dug in 6.25.
Mile 5 and my legs seemed to open up. I just found another gear and really put in a solid mile 6.17 and this set me up for the infamous 'ramp' that all Leeds city races goes up into town. Its a brutal feature that leads you up onto the final straight along the finish at the Headrow. The ramp has broken me many times. But not today. Powered straight up it and finished that mile in 6.32 onto the final 0.2
My watch read 38.15, I just needed to turn on the afterburners and I was home. I think I pulled out the greatest ever Fitz-G sprint finish of my life and I was over the line in 39.45. with that last 0.2 ran at 05:30 pace. Only the 15 or so attempts at this distance but im glad to have put this one to bed.
On a side note I was on twitter yesterday and was using the hashtag #abbeydash and was pretty gobsmacked that people were slating off the race for things like not getting a medal (ahh diddums) , timing not being available until today, the finish sign being taken down, lack of drink stations. Apart from the medal the others were explained by the appalling weather and its something that you cant really have a pop at the organisers for. Yet people do so in their droves. This for me is the only bad side of big city races. You get these part-time runners who rock up and expect a silver service experience and have completely unrealistic and high expectations. bah humbug
Rob. Great work on that Marathon pal. The course didnt sound very firm and probably worth the equivalent of a few more miles worth of extra effort over the whole thing. Was it a club race or quite a big corporate race? If the latter then inexcusable race organisation.
Carl. If your son is 12 and gets the running bug now, you do know he'll be faster then you in just 3 measly years. Enjoy those 3 years when you're faster then him pal. lol
Ali. Life does tend to have a habit of getting in the way of things so dont beat yourself up to much if you cant take on the road. I think it takes something like 5-6 weeks of no running for your fitness and performance to start sliding, so long way to go. NB My XC season starts on Nov 22. A quite muddy and technical course at Golden Acre park in Leeds. Its one of my favourites and im glad thats the one kicking it off.
Carter: Hows the knee pal? Knees can be persistant so hope all is well with it.
So I did my last hard run ahead of the Abbey Dash on Sunday. Pyramid track session 400, 800, 1200, 1200, 800, 400, totalling 3 miles exactly. Covered in 16:30 at 05:30 average pace. I gave it my all and legs feel rightly shredded today. How they should after a track sesh.
Im going to go to circuits tonight to give the core a tune up then maybe a couple of recovery runs on Thurs / Fri and certainly a SLOWWWWW parkrun on saturday. No silliness from me a as I think my kamakazi parkrun the day before royal parks HM kinda played a part in my raceday woes.